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Somali al-Shabab commanders ‘killed in drone strike’

Somali al-Shabab commanders ‘killed in drone strike’

At least two senior commanders from the Islamist militant group al-Shabab have been killed in a drone strike in south-west Somalia, residents say.

Several loud blasts were heard in the town of Bardere at dawn and the bodies were found later, they said.

A Kenyan official has withdrawn his statement that one of those killed was the mastermind of April’s deadly attack on Garissa university.

Bardere is one of the few Somali towns still controlled by al-Shabab.

The al-Qaeda-linked group has not yet commented, but a source in the group told a BBC reporter that those killed were al-Shabab commanders.

Al-Shabab carried out the attack on Kenya’s Garissa university which killed 148 people.

Kenyan Interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka has tweeted that he was mistaken when saying a “mastermind” of that attack was among four al-Shabab commanders killed.

He said he had mixed up the mastermind, known as Gamadheere, with the al-Shabab commander, named Jamaa Adhere.

African Union and Somali government troops are reported to be advancing on the area in Gedo region.

Source: Somali al-Shabab commanders ‘killed in drone strike’ – BBC News